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  • The Life Cycle of Populist Leaders
    by Richard Basas on January 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    In my city, we had one of the first internationally known populist leaders in our city government. He won because his main challenger was seen as a part of a corrupt regional government that were far from allergic to scandals. His personal life was complicated and tragic, with the man himself succumbing to cancer after […] The post The Life Cycle of Populist Leaders appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov
    by Scott Monje on January 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    On November 25, three Ukrainian naval vessels, two 54-ton gunboats (technically, Gyurza-M-class armored artillery cutters) and a tug, were traveling from Odessa around the Crimean Peninsula and toward the Sea of Azov, en route to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. As they approached the Kerch Strait, the access route from the Black Sea to […] The post Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Op-ed: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature: Why Trump is gutting American Diplomacy
    by FPA Administrator on January 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    In the 2019 edition of Great decisions, Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns outlines the impoverished state of American diplomacy in the Trump era, as well as the severe cuts and reductions endured by the State Department. The diplomatic corp of the United States, Burns argues, is not able to fully carry out its vital functions in […] The post Op-ed: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature: Why Trump is gutting American Diplomacy appeared […]

  • Op-ed: America’s Addiction to Cheap Manufacturing Is Coming Back to Haunt It
    by FPA Administrator on January 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    America’s ongoing trade war with China has underscored the contentious business practices the Asian power has instituted over the years. Many of these have resulted from the United States’ over-reliance on external manufacturing, particularly for the technology sector. This over reliance has exposed the nation’s supply chain to vulnerabilities that have jeopardized the corporate and […] The post Op-ed: America’s […]

  • Why Warsaw Should Go Soft on Kyiv
    by Andreas Umland on January 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

    The recently intensifying memory conflict around the interpretation of some World War II events, between Ukraine and Poland, is distracting the two intertwined nations from their main international challenges and some critical tasks today. An increase of Ukrainian national security is in the core interests not only of Kyiv, but also of Warsaw. An odd […] The post Why Warsaw Should Go Soft on Kyiv appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Weekly Foreign Affairs Quiz
    by FPA Administrator on January 7, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    http://www.quiz-maker.com/Q7QKG00 The post Weekly Foreign Affairs Quiz appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth
    by Joe Gurowsky on January 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has had its national election delayed again by President Joseph Kabila; on this occasion the election was delayed one week to December 30 and the announcement came three days before citizens were scheduled to head to the polls. On December 26, the electoral commission (CENI) announced elections in three regions […] The post Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth appeared first on Foreign […]

  • How to Talk about Ukrainian Politics in the West?
    by Andreas Umland on January 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hyperbolic warnings about allegedly disastrous consequences of a Tymoshenko presidency are demobilizing Western support for Ukrainian reforms and defense My recent article “What Would a Tymoshenko Presidency Mean?” for the Ukraine Alert of Washington’s Atlantic Council has caused indignation among numerous Ukrainian experts and journalists – some of them hitherto close colleagues and professional friends. […] The […]

  • How We Have Failed Survivors
    by Richard Basas on January 3, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Various incidents that occurred a few doors down from the largest news team in Canada could be claimed to be the first spark of the MeToo era. A publicly funded radio star in Toronto was using his position to seduce women, and had a tendency to beat them up when alone with them. Despite many of […] The post How We Have Failed Survivors appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Why and How Ukraine Should Open Up to the EU Now
    by Andreas Umland on December 25, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Kyiv should foster Ukraine’s European integration, economic growth and national security by offering EU citizens instantaneous residence and work permission Recent Eurostat data reveals that Ukrainians have been granted the most residency permits of any nationals in the EU last year. During 2017 alone, approximately 662,000 Ukrainians received such permission to live and work in […] The post Why and How Ukraine Should Open Up to […]

  • Op-Ed: Nichervan Barzani saved Kurdistan!
    by FPA Administrator on December 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    After a very tense and difficult year for Iraqi Kurdistan, the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the government in Baghdad is finally improving.  Iraqi Parliamentary Speaker Mohammed Al Halbousi recently visited the Kurdistan region, where he stressed the importance of working with the Kurdistan region in order to fill the remaining ministerial posts […] The post Op-Ed: Nichervan Barzani saved Kurdistan! […]

  • As Good as It Gets: Why the West Should Start Preparing Itself to a Ukraine under President Tymoshenko
    by Andreas Umland on December 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    The prominent Western commentator of post-Soviet affairs Taras Kuzio has recently come forward with a barrel of English-language attacks on Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko – so far, the clear front-runner in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections in March 2019. Kuzio has placed several critical and partly denigrating texts about Tymoshenko in reputed analytical outlets, such […] The post As Good as It […]

  • The return of Russia as a superpower
    by Ali Hussain on December 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Russia dwindled from its superpower status on the world stage following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ever since, Russia has been embroiled in a battle with the Western world to restore its global image as a superpower. On several fronts, Russia has been pursuing both domestic and foreign policies to restore its […] The post The return of Russia as a superpower appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • The Increased Cost of Living is the Fuel for Protests
    by Richard Basas on December 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    It is an anachronism in today’s society that anyone in a developed country would rightly claim that there is no path to warm shelter, food and employment for most in a community. But the effect of added taxes in a policy to reduce carbon emissions is exactly what lead a father in Ontario, Canada to […] The post The Increased Cost of Living is the Fuel for Protests appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government
    by Rachel Avraham on December 19, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    In recent days, a series of articles have been published, emphasizing that India should be supporting Sheikh Hasina in the upcoming Bangladeshi elections. According to the Weekly Blitz, Sheikh Hasina is opposed to Jamat e-Islami. Furthermore, a Chinese news website argued that she should be supported because under her leadership, the UN reported that the […] The post Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government […]

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